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Hearty Red Beans & Rice Recipe

Hearty Red Beans & Rice Recipe

My husband loves this quick and filling entree. The entire family will gobble this one right up! —Sherri Miller, Greencastle, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Hot cooked rice


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, green pepper, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add beans, soup, salsa and Italian seasoning; heat through. Serve with rice.
    Freeze option: Cool and place in a freezer container; freeze up to 3 months. To use, thaw in refrigerator. Transfer to a large saucepan; heat through. Serve with rice. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup sausage mixture with 1/2 cup rice equals 403 calories, 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 1,031 mg sodium, 57 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 19 g protein.

Reviews for Hearty Red Beans & Rice

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Reviewed Feb. 26, 2015

"Very quick, hearty and delicious! I used chili beans (pinto beans in chili sauce) undrained and also added a bit of cajun seasoning for an extra kick. It was a hit with the growing boys in my house!"

Reviewed Mar. 18, 2014

"My husband and I are trying to get more beans in our diet and this is a delicious recipe to do that. I increased the salsa by about 1/2 cup and added some chopped cilantro. I will definitely be making this again."

Reviewed Mar. 4, 2014

"This was actually quite good, even though I goofed...I used turkey breakfast sausage which had sage in it, and it tasted kind of strange at first. I also made my own red beans (just dump dry red beans into the crockpot, cover with water, and cook on low all day pre-soaking necessary..and this also eliminates the salt that is in the canned beans). I didn't use pinto beans at all. I only had red pepper, and used that. It sat in the fridge for a couple of days before I finally had a bowl (without rice), and it's so yummy I can't stop eating it. I added a little Sambal Olek (super hot chili paste) to it today, and it was even better. I'll definitely make this one again."

Reviewed Feb. 26, 2014

"Haven't tried it; think my fellowship would like it. My two cents: tready2 means the tomato soup is responsible for the high sodium content. If you can buy Trader Joe's organic creamy tomato soup, substitute that for the condensed variety, so you'll be avoiding corn syrup, or you could make your own, which I haven't attempted but have pondered."

Reviewed Feb. 25, 2014

"All the salt can be found in all the canned beans and the tomato sauce. We cook our red beans from scratch, using dried beans.. That way we can control all the salt. Quite easy, but maybe not for the ones that do not have the time. However, you could use a slow cooker, and do it overnight. Just a suggestion. Good luck with all the salt."

Reviewed Feb. 25, 2014

"This sounds delicious but where does all the salt come in? Too much!"

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2014

"great recipe loved the flavor will be making it again . family really enjoyed it ."

Reviewed Mar. 9, 2012

"So easy and filling! My husband loved it"

Reviewed Feb. 14, 2012

"Very good!! Quick and easy!!"

Reviewed Feb. 9, 2012

"Overall, this recipe is great! I omitted the meat, and kicked up the seasoning. The dish IS hearty, and will totally be added to me recipe box."

Reviewed Mar. 3, 2011

"Great recipe for a weeknight dinner. I used pork sausage, but will consider making it with ground turkey next time to make it a little healthier. This is a definitely a "keeper"."

Reviewed Mar. 2, 2011

"My sister-in-law gave me a recipe similar to this but it calls for 16oz pkg. of sausage sliced, 2 15oz cans of ranch style beans, 1 can of rotel & 2 cups of cooked rice. Just heat everything on the stove and serve over rice. Sooo easy."

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2010

"I used chopped andouille sausage and cajun seasoning instead. Turned out delicious! This is one of my quick and easy go to recipes."

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2010

"I've made this several times with different flavored sausage and loved it every time."

Reviewed Apr. 19, 2010

"Very quick and easy. Nice flavor. I made this with chicken instead of sausauge. Did not bother with eating the rice with it. Would make it again!!!!!"

Reviewed Apr. 10, 2010

"Super quick and easy. And absolutely delicious!!"

Reviewed Mar. 16, 2010

"Love...Love...Love this recipe. It is a totally new take on the traditional red beans and rice...definately a keeper"

Reviewed Feb. 23, 2010

"My 16 year old son made this for the family last night and it was very good - easy to make, too."

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.